Squad car nearly hits man loitering in street

by Megan Boldt

Minneapolis police arrested a 19-year-old man late Sunday evening after nearly running into him with a police squad car on the 400 block of Cedar Avenue South.
The car screeched to a halt to avoid hitting the pedestrian, according to police reports. Police then booked the man at Hennepin County Jail for possessing an open bottle of alcohol and loitering.
Officers inspected the man’s soda bottle and concluded it contained liquor, according to police reports.
The man is not affiliated with the University. According to police reports, the man has been arrested several times in the area.

In other police news:
ù A facilities management worker sustained a fracture to his right forearm when a trash dumpster swung from a truck and clipped him.
The worker, a 39-year-old Minneapolis man, was walking behind the garbage truck Monday morning near Smith Hall when the accident happened, according to police reports.
A Hennepin County Medical Center ambulance transported the worker to Fairview-University Medical Center around 9 a.m.
The truck had lifted the dumpster to empty its contents when it struck the man. Officers did not determine the cause of the erratic swinging, according to police reports.

ù A disgruntled customer ran out of a Stadium Village Kinko’s Copy Center on Thursday without paying for the 500 copies he made.
A Kinko’s employee reported the theft Thursday shortly after 5 p.m., one hour after the crime occurred, according to police reports.
The suspect made the copies with a stolen device used to track the number of copies made. When the copy-center employee discovered what was happening, the suspect tossed the counting device from his hand and ran out of the store with the unpaid copies.
The employee who reported the theft could not be reached for comment.

ù A Ryder truck rented from an area business was reported stolen Thursday, more than one month after the theft occurred, according to police reports.
Twin City Alignment, located at 500 29th Ave. S.E., notified authorities after attempts to track down the renter failed.
According to police reports, the manager of the Prospect Park neighborhood business rented the truck to a man on Sept. 7 for the evening. The auto theft suspect put down a $300 deposit and presented the manager with a Texas driver’s license and other papers for identification.
The car the suspect arrived in had Iowa plates and was not registered in his name, according to police reports.
No arrests have been made.

Megan Boldt covers police and welcomes comments at [email protected] She can also be reached at (612) 627-4070 x3224.